Pat Williams is the Senior Vice President of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. He is widely recognized in the world of sports as a promoter and excellent talent scout whose creative thinking and vision have played a significant role in the Magic’s continued success since their first NBA season in 1989. Amazingly, he and his wife, Ruth, are the proud parents of 19 children, ranging in age from 11 to 25. Fourteen of his children are adopted, four are from South Korea, four from the Philippines, four from Brazil and two are from Romania. Pat takes every possible opportunity to speak about the importance of providing every child with a safe and loving home. Pat has authored several motivational books including, How to Be Like Mike: Life Lessons from Basketball’s Best, Nothing But Winners, and Ahead of the Game: The Pat Williams Story. Together, Pat and Ruth co-authored You’ve Got to Be Kidding, a book about raising 19 children, and How to Be Like Woman of Influence. Highly sought after as a motivational and humorous speaker, Pat Williams keeps a busy speaking schedule, addressing groups all over the world.
Kirk and Cathi Triplett
Kirk Triplett is a consistent top finisher on the PGA tour and former member of the prestigious President’s Cup National team. He and his wife, Cathi, have four children, two of them adopted from foster care, Conor Logan, Samuel Jacob, Alexis Marie and Kobe Thomas. Kirk has partnered with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to use the attention he receives on the PGA tour to raise awareness about adoption and the many children in need of safe and loving homes. While on the golf course competing in PGA tournaments, Kirk carries a golf bag featuring children eligible to be adopted from the U.S. foster care system, encouraging people to consider adoption. At each PGA tour stop, he holds a press conference to highlight the particular child featured on his bag. From their experience adopting two children, the Tripletts understand the financial burden that can prevent loving people from adopting. Therefore, the Triplett’s began a foundation to meet the financial needs of those desiring to adopt. Kirk and Cathi started Tour Fore Adoption in Scottsdale, AZ to provide grants to families who desire to adopt domestically but struggle to find the financial resources. Kirk and Cathi also support Chicks in Crisis, an organization that cares for pregnant women who are scared and unprepared for their pregnancy.
Jane Seymour, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, a devoted mother and respected child advocate has held numerous positions as a celebrity spokesperson including ambassador for the United Nations Children’s fund (UNICEF) and a member of the American Red Cross celebrity cabinet. Using her celebrity to raise awareness, she speaks out frequently on maternal health, breastfeeding benefits education for women and girls and adoption. Jane hosted "Adoption," which aired nationally on Hallmark Channel, and has been instrumental in bringing the issue of adoption to the forefront. "Adoption" followed the stories of parents-to-be who make the heartwarming preparation to adopt children, both domestically and internationally, offering security and stability in homes filled with joy, laughter and unconditional love. She is also the National Ambassador for Childhelp USA, dedicated to the research, treatment and prevention of child abuse. As a mother of six children, Ms. Seymour has co-written a series of children’s books with her husband James Keach called, This One and That One, based on her twin sons and their antics. A talented water colour and sketch artist, she has donated her work to benefit several organizations.